There is still much we don't understand about the YouTube shooting in San Bruno that injured four and claimed the life of one. Considering the suspect herself has now been reported dead. Though the shooting was initially being investigated as a possible case of deadly domestic violence though now many are reporting the woman being upset with the video streaming site which she had reportedly said was ruining her life after demonetizing her videos.
The timeline was released by the San Bruno Police Department late on Tuesday by the time the police made it to the scene after being called for a disturbance at the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno in Northern California. By the time they arrived there was already a gunshot victim and employees had begun exiting the premises.
As details filter in, it appears so far the suspect, who has died from a gunshot evidently was upset with YouTube when she had her videos on the streaming site demonetized. Police are saying now that she apparently opened fire at the San Bruno, California headquarters. YouTube, by the way, is one of San Bruno's largest employers.
The shooter opened fire on YouTube employees with a handgun. At the time the San Bruno police department first released their timeline they were still looking into possible motive and noted, "at this time there is no evidence that the shooter knew the victims of this shooting or that individuals were specifically targeted."
A few hours ago, the San Bruno Police Department released the name of the suspect who apparently committed suicide after opening fire at the San Bruno office. Police identified her as Nasim Najafi Aghdan was a 39-year-old Iranian-American whose released videos in English as well as the native language of Iran, Farsi. An earlier report from the San Jose Mercury News had her age listed as 38. According to the Bay Area NBC affiliate's write-up Aghdan "had a robust presence on YouTube."
A spokesman for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital confirmed they received three patients who were injured at the scene.
The NBC affiliate in the Bay Area reports that Aghdam "had a robust presence on YouTube" and had posted in both English and Farsi, a language widely spoken in Iran.
According to Brent Andrew, Chief Communication Officer for the hospital, a 36-year-old man was in critical condition and a 32-year-old woman in serious condition.
As far as the minute by blow by blow, the timeline, as far as we know as per the investigation by the police, begins at 1:35 pm PST when police responded to the call regarding a shooting incident at the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno. According to City Manager Connie Jackson, there were several 911 calls at the time reporting the event and the police and fire department were quickly deployed to the scene.
TV helicopter videos documented officers patting down evacuated employees. Police reported being on the scene as of 1:50 pm and warned people through social media to steer clear of the suburban campus in San Bruno that houses the main headquarters of YouTube. Google acquired YouTube over a decade ago and they tweeted about the situation explaining that they were coordinating efforts with the investigating police and other authorities on the scene.
Images from TV news crews near the scene showed the evacuation of YouTube employees with their hands in the air in order to allow the police to inspect them as they left the building. Officers also patted down employees who had already been evacuated and were waiting near the perimeter.
As of just after 2 pm it was reported that Stanford Hospital in Northern California
Northern California’s Stanford Hospital says it has received four to five patients from a shooting at YouTube headquarters.
Hospital spokeswoman Lisa Kim did not have information on their conditions or their wounds.
Police in the city of San Bruno has confirmed an active shooter. City Manager Connie Jackson says multiple 911 calls reported a shooting and that police and fire officials have responded.
Television images showed people leaving the building in a line, holding their arms in the air for police to inspect as they were leaving the building. Officers then patted down people grouped outside. The White House reported that President Trump was briefed on the shooting at the YouTube headquarters in Northern California at 2:25 pm. The spokesman for the local coroner, Thomas McGovern said that investigators were called to the scene at this time but did not yet report if anyone was dead.
Another hospital in Northern California said that it had received four to five patients related to the shooting incident. At 2:50 pm authorities finally confirmed the death of, what they believed to be the suspect at the time. Apparently deceased from a self-inflicted gun wound.
A spokesman for San Francisco General Hospital reports receiving three patients, a 36-year-old man in critical condition, a 23-year-old woman in serious condition and a 27-year-old woman in fair condition. The spokesman mentioned expecting others but did not know yet their condition.
At 3:05 pm Google reported that their security team had worked with authorities to assist in the evacuation of YouTube employees following the shooting. At this point in time, th company echoed the statements of warning to stay out of the area that the police had shared in social media.
Just before 4 pm YouTube employee Dianna Arnspinger reported how she had been on the second floor when she initially heard gunshots. At this point, she saw a woman firing a gun from the patio below. At this point, Arnspiger attempted to warn her co-workers crying, "Shooter," at this point, she says, "everybody started running."
At 4:40 Google CEO Sundar Pichai called the attack a "horrific act of violence." Around 5:10, the official word from authorities was that three people had been wounded by gunfire and that the fourth injured at the hospital was only being treated for a twisted ankle or some similar injury.
The latest reports in from the San Jose Mercury News has the police finished gathering evidence for their investigation. Of the four injured, three are still hospitalized. At this point, the police are considering the death of the female suspect a suicide. Other recent reports rolling in within the past hour offer more attempts at pinning a motive to this senseless act pointing out that Aghdan, a vegan activist, had accused YouTube of "suppression" and "discrimination."
A local ABC affiliate, ABC7, reported at 8:57 am that family of the suspect in Menifee attempted to warn police ahead of the possibility that she might act out violently as she had been complaining that YouTube had "ruined her life."
Today would have been her birthday.